Shepard Fairey in Paris documentary “Street Art x Fashion”

Shepard Fairey documentary in Paris ”Street Art x Fashion”

Filmed & edited by 

Maria Fernanda Hinke Schweichler

Cécile Ney

Demian Smith

Music by

Pali Meursault

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Background to Shepard Fairey documentary:

(by cultural journalist, Maria Fernanda Schweichler – MyLifeonMyBike.com)

Last Thursday Demian Smith & myself had the opportunity to interview one of the most famous street artists in the world: Shepard Fairey aka Obey. It’s a tremendous responsibility to interview an artist like him, who is also involved in business and politics. But yes, working as a journalist of street art I believe that when we have pure intentions and our goal is to absorb what the artist has to show in a positive way, we always get the right dots to connect.

Shepard Fairey is the brains behind the Obey Giant campaign, and also the Barack Obama Hope poster, which went viral during Obama’s first presidential election campaign. Shepard came to Paris to launch a collection for Levi’s at its flagship store on the Champs-Élysées and also to create a huge wall in the Thirteenth Arrondissement of Paris.

During the interview with Shepard Fairey we talked about his relationship with the fashion world, the project with Levi’s, all the charity programs that he is involved with and the help he gives to several institutions, and also about how he feels nowadays after being responsible for influencing so many people to vote for Barack Obama with the poster, Hope.

It’s hard to deny that Shepard Fairey is a mix of artist, politician and businessman. Talking with him and hearing his strong voice and well articulated answers I realised that he has a strong power to make a difference and to be a great example. It was really beautiful to hear how he is concerned about using his own profit to help others and the environment by collaborating with non–profit organisations such as Occupy Wall StreetSurfrider Fundation and many others.

When the interview with Shepard Fairey had finished, in an informal way I asked him if he was planning to paint something in Paris, and so we had the information first-hand of the address of the wall that he was going to paint (which was kept secret for the first two days of work). The wall was painted over three long days, and we were there following step by step his work in progress, which you can see in the video and in our previous post.

On the third day (Sunday 18th June)  the street art gallery responsible for the  project, Galerie Itinerrance, invited the media, fans and people involved with street art to make a conference on the residential building  that he was painting. As a super-star Shepard Fairey was there posing for pictures and giving autographs with patience, even with a lot of work to do before finally finishing the black and red, and involved and beautiful painting.

Between Thursday and Sunday, My life on My Bike and Demian Smith recorded different moments and perspectives of Shepard Fairey’s stay in Paris to produce a video that you can watch now in the video above and discover more about Shepard Fairey’s positive ideas and his performance in Paris.

Paris’ #1 graffiti vandal – Horfe video interview by Will Robson-Scott

Paris street artist Horfe is considered to be one of, if not the leading graffiti writer in the world. His contribution to the Paris street art landscape is huge. Below is a short documentary on this amazing Paris graffiti artist.

The film entitled Death is Home is part of the Crack & Shine International series by London-based creative agency Topsafe - to which Horfe belongs, along with other graffiti art ‘progressive’ British graffiti artist, Roids. The film is directed by graffiti photographer, Will Robson-Scott.

Horfe has been writing his name on walls for the past 12 years, mainly in Paris, where his graffiti can be found on shop fronts, trucks, walls, train sidings and roof tops, city-wide.

Paris street art by Horfe. French graffiti artist Horfe is prolific in the Paris graffiti scene – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (7)

Paris street art by Horfe. French graffiti artist Horfe is prolific in the Paris graffiti scene – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (8)

His style of graffiti is extremely unique, blending typography and flat coloured illustration – it’s rumoured that Horfe attended the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, the distinguished National School of Fine Arts in Paris.

Horfe’s ‘dubs’ (graffiti painted quickly with no more than two or three colours), for example, are done with a naivete that disregards typical graffiti style. It is instead reminiscent of very early New York subway graffiti.

Horfe’s regressive approach to outdoors graffiti practice is being adopted by other leading graffiti artists. One notable example of this new approach is in the outdoors graffiti of London street artist Sickboy (a former stablemate of Banksy),  under the influence of London-based writers such as Petro.

Paris street art by Horfe. French graffiti artist Horfe is prolific in the Paris graffiti scene – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (11)

Theatre Lavoir Moderne Parisien painted by Horfe (France) & Sickboy (UK) - arranged by Alternative Paris. French graffiti artist Horfe is prolific in the Paris graffiti scene – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (1)

Horfe & Sickboy (London) painting on the front of the Theatre Lavoir Moderne Parisien in the Goutte D’Or in the 18th arrondissement, arranged by Alternative Paris.

Horfe (left) & Sickboy (far right) stand outside the Theatre Lavoir Moderne Parisien. French graffiti artist Horfe is prolific in the Paris graffiti scene – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (12)

Horfe (left) & Sickboy (far right) stand in front of their painting at the Theatre Lavoir Moderne Parisien

Paris street art by Horfe. French graffiti artist Horfe is prolific in the Paris graffiti scene – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (5)

Paris street art by Horfe painted in Le Marais

Paris street art by Horfe. French graffiti artist Horfe is prolific in the Paris graffiti scene – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (10)

Horfe painted shop front in one the main Paris street art spots in Belleville in the 20th arrondissement

Paris street art by Horfe. French graffiti artist Horfe is prolific in the Paris graffiti scene – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (9)

Horfe painted truck on Boulevard de la Villette in the 10th & 19th arrondissments – a good place to find some of Paris’ best truck graffiti.

Paris street art by Horfe. French graffiti artist Horfe is prolific in the Paris graffiti scene – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (4)

Horfe rooftop painted near to Les Halles and the Centre Pompidou

Paris street art by Horfe. French graffiti artist Horfe is prolific in the Paris graffiti scene – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (6)

Horfe’s regressive typographic style is seen in the letters PAL, painted by an unknown member of the PAL collective, one of the most active Paris graffiti crews

Paris street art by Horfe. French graffiti artist Horfe is prolific in the Paris graffiti scene – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (3)

Theatre Lavoir Moderne Parisien painted by Horfe (France) & Sickboy (UK) - arranged by Alternative Paris. French graffiti artist Horfe is prolific in the Paris graffiti scene – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (1)

This article was originally published on the website, Street Art Paris.